‘There is a lot of repetition
and imitation in
contemporary crime fiction
and it is rare to find an
author  whose books
seem entirely original.
Hewson’s do.’
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David Hewson’s European crime and mystery books range from the Copenhagen of The Killing and Sarah Lund to the Italy of Nic Costa and the Amsterdam of Pieter Vos. Over twenty years and more than twenty titles his books have been translated into multiple languages around the world.

His Shakespeare adaptations with A.J. Hartley have been shortlisted for America’s coveted Audie awards and narrated by acclaimed actors Richard Armitage and Alan Cumming.

David’s career from small-time journalism to The Times, Sunday Times and fiction

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The nine Nic Costa books so far have proved one of the most popular Italian crime series around. Set in Rome, Venice and with one brief side trip to San Francisco, they’ve won awards ranging from best audio adaptation to mystery of the year from the American Library Association. Bestselling author Peter James said, ‘No author has ever brought Rome so alive for me — nor made it seem so sinister’.



Alan Cumming narrating Macbeth, Richard Armitage exploring a very different Hamlet, a brand new dramatic version of Macbeth in German… discover these award-winning reimaginings of some of the world’s great classics.



It’s finishing the book that counts… explore some of David’s titles on writing technique, practice and tools such as Ulysses and Scrivener. And don’t forget to browse the blog for more tips too.



Crime in the city of canals and coffee shops… the acclaimed Pieter Vos series set around an Amsterdam detective leading a solitary life with his little dog Sam on a decrepit barge on the Prinsengracht canal. Said the Toronto Globe & Mail, ‘Setting is always essential to Hewson and he evokes everything from scent to scenery.’



The Killing trilogy takes the story of one of TV’s most famous detective, Copenhagen’s Sarah Lund, and turns it into a reimagined adaptation with new twists, characters and story turns. The Telegraph said, ‘David Hewson has taken what was television gold and turned it into literary gold’.



Explore David’s standalone titles which range from the Venice of Vivaldi and Canaletto to the bullring of Seville and the darker corners of Florence.



Little Sister, the third Pieter Vos novel

Little Sister, the third Pieter Vos novel is out in the UK today from Pan Macmillan. Dutch readers can expect it from Boekerij on September 15 when I will be in the Netherlands for some promotion. I like to make each book in a series different to the ones that come... read more

Macbeth goes straight to number one in Germany

Macbeth: Ein Epos, my German dramatisation of the Shakespeare classic, only went live on Saturday. But I’m delighted to say we went straight to number one in the charts as you can see above. Thanks again to everyone at Audible.de and the fantastic cast who... read more

Macbeth: a new dramatic version in German

It’s amazing to think that it’s now five years since the arrival of Macbeth: A Novel, the audio adaptation of Shakespeare’s great tragedy I co-wrote with A.J. Hartley. Since then we’ve returned to the subject matter with Hamlet of course. Both... read more